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Only one Copa America group stage game left for Brazil and Ecuador.
While Brazil have looked immaculate with their three wins in three games, Ecuador have been fairly average at best with two draws and a loss.
After failing to clinch a victory in the tournament so far, it now appears increasingly unlikely that Ecuador will be able to do much against arguably the top team in the competition.
Expect Brazil’s steamrolling of their opponents to continue through at least this weekend.
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|Brazil vs Ecuador Information|
|Teams||Brazil vs Ecuador|
|Location||Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico (Goiania, Brazil)|
|Time||Sunday, June 27th at 5:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||Fox, Univision, TUDN|
With three games apiece, how have the early stages of the Copa America gone for Brazil and Ecuador?
For Ecuador, there’s promise but also somewhat of an unrefined blueprint.
Following a deserved 1-0 loss to Colombia, Ecuador looked like the better side in their two ensuing and most recent results: A 2-2 draw with Venezuela and a 2-2 draw with Peru.
Ecuador took the lead in both of those draws before inevitably falling apart in the 2nd half and allowing equalizers that snatched away any hopes of a win.
As for Brazil, it’s challenging to pinpoint any kinds of faults or weaknesses.
With three wins out of three — and nine goals scored — Brazil have unsurprisingly stood out as the top team of the Copa America group stage.
And in the frontline for the current title-holders, there has been a one-star player who has predictably stepped up a decisive figure.
Two goals and two assists in just three matches for Neymar.
The 29-year-old has once again taken control of Brazil’s attack, and with a hand in four of their goals, he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping soon.
Even with Brazil struggling in their 2-1 win over Colombia — and perhaps given a controversial goal — Neymar still found a way to have a significant impact.
With an assist late into the match, Neymar provided the setup for Casemiro’s game-winning goal in the 100th minute earlier this week.
Brazil were perhaps a bit lucky to walk away with three points, but on Sunday, they shouldn’t have nearly as much stress against a weaker rival.
It’s not exactly a good sign when you constantly control possession and dominate shot totals, but can’t seem to get a win.
If we ignore scorelines and only pay attention to what’s happening on the field, Ecuador have actually played decent soccer so far in the Copa America.
Numerous chances have been created, standout names like Ayrton Preciado and Gonzalo Plata have appeared dangerous in the frontline, and yet, three points in a match haven’t been clinched.
The occasional defensive blunder and a drop in focus in the 2nd half is partially to blame, and if Ecuador couldn’t get the job in their first three tries, it seems almost impossible that they’ll do it against Brazil.
We’ve mentioned this in previous articles, but Brazil are incredibly well-balanced.
Much more than just Neymar in the attack, Brazil have also emerged as dominant in the midfield thanks to key players like Casemiro and Fred.
In defense, an immense amount of legwork has been carried by a rotating crew led by Marquinhos, Renan Lodi, Thiago Silva and Eder Militao.
Brazil have only allowed one goal in Copa America so far, and if we look even further back, they’ve only allowed one goal in their last seven games in all competitions.
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